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As you all know, there have been an inordinate number of notable (and bizarre) deaths in the last few weeks.  In keeping with the recently popular death tributes here at SoD, I wanted to celebrate a death that some of us remember quite fondly.  The death of disco.  It was thirty years ago last Sunday that disco died at a Chicago White Sox game in center field of Comiskey Park.  The ensuing riot caused the  White Sox to forfeit the second half of the day’s doubleheader.  It remains the last American League game to be forfeited.

Pay particular attention to the local Chicago news guy and his interview of disco murderer, DJ Steve Dahl.  (Between 3:14 and 4:00 on the clip below)

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Every Friday we designate this weekend’s honorary drinker.  You know, like a parade marshal.  Except cooler.

After last week’s holiday hiatus, we return with this week’s honorary drinker:  Eric Stratton.  Some people are Bluto guys.  Others are Neidermeyer guys.  A few people are even pants-less Donald Sutherland guys.  Me, I’ve always been an Otter guy.  Go forth and remember, when things get bad, it just means it’s time for a road trip.

Theres always time for a nightcap at Otters.

There's always time for a nightcap at Otter's.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be brief.  The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guests – we did.  But you can’t hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn’t we blame the whole fraternity system?  And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general?  I put it to you, Greg – isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society?  Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America.”  – Eric “Otter” Stratton

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The last holdout from signing the BCS/ESPN contract has finally given up hope.  Though, I can’t really blame them for the delay.  Sometimes deals take time to process, especially deals with the Devil.  And, like all deals with the Devil, the soul doesn’t necessarily fetch what you thought it would on the open market.

Instead, the BCS and ESPN just schooled the Mountain West Conference on the fundamental tenets of Vader negotiation 101.  Here’s a quick review of that course, in case you missed it in college (set to the timeless music of Zakk Wylde):

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As you have probably heard, Oscar Mayer is dead at 95.  You may not know that long ago, to protect the innocent, he decided to use a pseudonym for his products — Oscar Meyer.  Not the most creative guy when it comes to pseudonyms but I digress.

Excuse me, arent you Oscar Meyer?  No.  Im Oscar MAYER.  Its a common mistake.  I am actually quite poor and unsuccessful and an unworthy target of your robbery attempt.

"Excuse me, aren't you Oscar Meyer?" For heaven's sake, no. I'm Oscar MAYER. It's a common mistake. I am actually quite poor and unsuccessful, and an unworthy target of your robbery attempt.

Outside of the Mayer/Meyer thing, I have found that the recent report of his death generally evokes one of three reactions:

(1) Oscar Meyer is a real guy?

(2) Oscar Meyer was still alive?

(3) I can’t believe God waited this long to finally found out what they put in bologna.

For the record, I felt all three.  So here’s to you Oscar.  May you ascend to heaven in a hot dog chariot with bologna wings.

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Entertainment columinsts can’t just publish continuous stories about Michael Jackson.  (Right? Please tell me it will stop.)  Sometimes they need to throw in a little filler.  Check out three of the latest entertainment stories that azcentral.com has picked up.  Beware, this is shocking stuff.

Danny boy wishes he was taller than 55.  I wish I was wizard.  Looks like we are both shit out of luck.

Danny boy wishes he was taller than 5'5. I wish I was wizard. Looks like we are both shit out of luck.

If this is all you got, keep the Jacko stories coming guys.

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First, Ed.  Then Farrah.  Now Jacko.  These things always come in threes.

Believe it or not, this man used to be the coolest guy on the planet.

Believe it or not, for a certain period of time, this man used to be the coolest guy on the planet.

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Apparently the single greatest promotion in minor league baseball history is starting an MLB future Hall of Famer who is serving a 50-game suspension for steriods. The Albuquerque Isotopes drew the highest crowd for a baseball game — ever — in Albequerque, New Mexico (which probably means the largest ever in New Mexico).

It just goes to show that the total list of people who actually care about steriods includes (1) baseball writers; (2) grandstanding politicians; and (3) the producers of Outside the Lines.  In New Mexico, eh, they don’t judge a man for experimenting with his femine side through the recreational use of a little female fertilty hormones.

For more information on the connection between steroids, female fertility drugs, and body building, you should check out this 1994 documentary.

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